A Greggs factory has temporarily closed due to a coronavirus outbreak
by Abbey Maclure
It is believed that between 10 and 19 workers at the depot on Elmfield Way, Bramley, have tested positive for coronavirus, prompting immediate action from Leeds City Council and Public Health England.
Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves has confirmed the premises is now closed and will be inspected by Infection Control and Environmental Health following a deep clean.
Closed and deep-cleaned
In a statement on the outbreak in her constituency, Ms Reeves said, "I have just come off an urgent call with the leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake, the Armley and Bramley Ward Councillors, Public Health and representatives from the Council as there has been an outbreak of Covid-19 related to the Greggs Distribution Centre in Bramley.
"The premises have now closed and will be deep-cleaned up to a Covid-19 safe standard and will then be inspected by Infection Control and Environmental Health.
"All the employees and visiting drivers are now undergoing testing. "
Isolating staff should receive full pay
Ms Reeves said she is awaiting confirmation from Greggs and the council that workers who are self-isolating will receive full pay.
She added, "During the meeting with Leeds City Council, I pushed for testing to be introduced at a local level in Bramley, so that testing is accessible and within close proximity for residents that may be affected.
"I am awaiting clarification from Leeds City Council and Greggs that workers who are now self-isolating will receive full pay from Greggs."
The CEO of Greggs said the company is working with authorities to minimise any possible impact on its customers and the wider community in Leeds.
Ms Reeves added, "If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, including a cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell, you must get a test and self-isolate for ten days.
"I urge people to continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings unless exempt and use hand sanitiser or wash your hands frequently in order to stay safe."
This article originally appeared on Yorkshire Evening Post